Lanous and The Family Yah play The Brewery Byron Bay.
Lanous and The Family Yah play The Brewery Byron Bay.

Q and A with Lanous and The Family Yah

Things have changed for Brisbane band Laneous & The Family Yah. Half the band has departed leaving four outstanding musicians who are left with no choice but to make it on their own. Frontman James "Laneous" Lane talks to Pulse.

You had success with Found Things, but you surprised everyone by trimming the live show and line-up. Can you tell us what happened?
It wasn't planned. Some of the members just moved away and we thought rather than replacing the right people to just get along without them.

Then the guitarist left due to health reasons. In ways it is easier but in others it isn't. I'm so used to writing with lots of people in mind so it's hard to know how to fill the sounds. I'm slowly learning.

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So how do you manage it live?
We just incorporated new equipment into the live show. Each person is doing more. It's kinda harder but it's also good because it's forcing us in a new direction. In some ways it's more electronic because of the change.

You're releasing three EPS instead of an album. Why did you decide to do it in this format?
There were a few reasons actually. Our albums tended to be so eclectic it was hard for people to grasp.

We thought releasing the EPs it would be more focused genre-wise.

The original idea was to have three different focuses Scissors would lean towards soul and melody, Paper would be a quirkier indie pop, art rock vibe and Rock would be afro punk and hip hop.

But, in true Laneous style, they ended up eclectic anyway.

We've heard Scissors, and Paper is next-what is it like?
Paper is quirky, pop-rock. It's kind of 70s fusion and kind of indie.

What's next for L&TFY?
We're hoping to head to Europe. That's the plan anyway. Then we'll be heading to America hopefully.

What can fans expect from your gig at The Byron Bay Brewery?
Not sure... they will get to see our new approach I guess.

Laneous & The Family Yah plays The Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday at 8pm. Free.



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